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On Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 14:07:47 +0100,
  Tarjei Knapstad <[email protected]> wrote:
> YMMV, but the days where fresh installs were "highly recommended" are
> gone and there's no need to download and burn DVD images to upgrade.
> So in reply to the OP:

That depends on your skills. For most linux users that are comfortable
with the shell and that can use rpm or yum, it isn't that big of a deal.
For people who only use a GUI there can be problems that they aren't
going to be able to fix on their own.
You need to be able to at least make judgements about config files when
changing versions (always somewhat true, but especially for version
upgrades) and you need to be able to handle packages that were orphaned
or for which something blocked the upgrade. Using third party repos makes
this more likely to happen, but even within Fedora you can have problems
occur with upgrades that need manual tweaking. And in some cases you
can't get the kernel upgrade to work without booting in a rescue mode.
(When mkinitrd needs to be run under a newer kernel than what you have
installed in order to build a working initrd for the kernel you are updating
Desktop stuff might also need some tweaking, where a fresh install wouldn't
or at least would require easier tweaking.

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